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MI6 and SAS ‘united in Princess Diana death plot’
The Scotland Yard inquiry into claims that the SAS murdered Princess Diana took a new twist last night when an author offered to hand over his secret dossier to detectives.
Alan Power claims Diana, who died in a Paris car crash 16 years ago yesterday, was killed by MI6 with military help.
The Sunday Express has learnt that a former SAS soldier who claims to have served in an assassination team known as The Increment worked closely with him on his explosive new book, The Princess Diana Conspiracy. Mr Power says he will protect his sources but we have learnt that he has twice offered to hand over sensitive files to Yard officers. Last night he said from his home on the Isle of Man: “I am happy to help them in any way I can but they have not taken up my offer so far. I am tempted to consider they don’t want to know. That is my belief.”
However, we understand detectives have given him a crime number, RCAD3177, and that officers will be contacting him in the coming weeks.
Police launched their investigation after being told that another former SAS soldier, unknown to Mr Power, informed his estranged in-laws that the regiment was behind the crash that killed the 36-year-old Princess, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, and chauffeur Henri Paul.
As flowers were laid at the Alma tunnel in Paris and outside Kensington Palace in London yesterday in memory of the Princess, Mr Power insisted he was not trying to cash in on the tragedy, saying he was seeking “justice for Diana”. In his preface for the book, he states: “Diana was murdered by MI6 with military aid’’ but does not produce overwhelming evidence to support his theory or name the assassins.
Explaining the role of the so-called Increment team, he wrote: “The secret paramilitary organisation comprises troops from the SAS and SBS military for the purposes of carrying out lethal operations, as described by Richard Tomlinson.”
Former MI6 agent Tomlinson told the inquest into Diana and Dodi’s deaths that he was aware of a colleague’s proposal to kill Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic by using a strobe light in a tunnel to distract his driver, causing a crash. At the inquest Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of the Secret Intelligence Service, denied MI6 was involved in Diana’s death, claiming that Tomlinson’s evidence about the strobe light was “spurious” and that he had elaborated bits of information he had heard to make mischief for the service.
He denied that security service staff were trained to use strobe lights for disorientation.
Lawyer Michael Mansfield, QC, said the Milosevic assassination suggestion entailed the use of “the Increment, a small cell of SAS and SBS specially selected and trained to carry out operations for MI5 and MI6”.
Sir Richard responded: “I am not going to speculate or comment. There are a number of capabilities that SIS had. I am not going to confirm or deny whether the ones you are mentioning are part of the service’s capabilities. The services’s capability is the service’s capability but I do not think that has anything to do with this inquest into the death of Princess Diana.”
Asked to comment on Mr Power’s claims, Scotland Yard said: “The Metropolitan Police is scoping recent information regarding the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed. This scoping exercise is not complete.”
In a separate development a man who worked with Diana on her landmines campaign has come forward to claim she was killed because she was upsetting shadowy figures in the arms industry.
Retired soldier Rory Allen said her condemnation of a host of lethal armaments had upset certain “figures”. Shortly before she died, Diana visited Bosnia to highlight the death and injury caused by landmines there.